For me, the unicorn ranks in the top five most “kitchisized” animals. The mere mention of its name evokes a fluorescent representation proudly displayed in the bedroom of a romantic teenager between a poster of a dolphin and a poster of wild horses. With a little effort, it is possible to counterbalance this vision with that of two magnificent tapestries: “The Lady and the Unicorn” (Cluny, Paris); and “The Hunt of the Unicorn” (Met, New York). But the damage is done. The Cité de la Tapisserie’s call for a project gave me the pretext to kill the tapestry symbol in order to revive it. So it was on something of a whim that I will go down in the history of Aubusson tapestries, with a kickstart that, I hope, will give them an up-to-date spin.
laureate of the 2010 call for proposals of the International City of tapestry and woven art, Aubusson
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